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PSAT Administration

September 15, 2020

Dear Students & Parents:

On Wednesday, October 14th, Rye High School will administer the PSAT to all 11th grade students.  The test will begin at 8:00am, and students will be excused from their morning classes.  At the conclusion of the exam, there will be a pizza lunch provided for all students.  Following the lunch, all students will return to their regularly scheduled classes for the remainder of the day. 

The fee for the PSAT is $30.00.  A check should be made out to Rye City School District.  Students can register for the exam by returning their check to Ms. Anne Galletta in the Counseling Office. The deadline for registration and payment is Wednesday, September 30th.  A PSAT review book will be given to students at the time of registration. 

We encourage all students to take the PSAT.  As a low-stakes practice exam, the PSAT provides an excellent opportunity for students to experience the test.  Students gain valuable insight into the tested skills, time management, and focus/stamina requirements of the exam.  The results are not sent to colleges and never appear on any official transcript or school record.   Additionally, College Board provides extensive reports for parents and students outlining areas of strength and weakness, potential for success in AP courses, and curricular analysis to benefit the school. This information has proven extremely helpful for students who pursue private tutoring or standardized test preparation courses.   Eleventh grade students who take the PSAT are automatically considered for the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Actual testing time for the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus an additional 45 minutes for designated breaks as well as pre-administration activities.  As all testing accommodations will be provided, the testing time for students who receive extended time will be longer. 

PSAT scores will be mailed home once they have been received by the school, which has traditionally been in early December.  Additional information about the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Program can be found on the College Board website: www.collegeboard.com/psat.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor. 

 

Sincerely,

Derek Schuelein, Ed.D.